In Wheel Time Car Talk

In Wheel Time Car Talk

The In Wheel Time Car Talk Podcast is a 30-minute version of the In Wheel Time live automotive talk show simulcasting every Saturday from 8a-11aCT. The LIVE broadcast covers a wide variety of content that automotive enthusiast find interesting - including new car reviews and maintenance tips that can be found here. Join Don Armstrong, Michael Marrs, and Konrad DeLong LIVE every Saturday from 8a-11aCT. Want more In Wheel Time in real time? Follow us for the latest updates! Twitter: more information about In Wheel Time,visit:


June 2, 2023 30 mins

On this episode of In Wheel Time Car Talk, we look at piston technology and how it has evolved over the years, from compression ratios in the 50s and 60s to modern ratios as high as 18 to one. We look at the flat top piston, the hemi piston, the wedge engine, and the notched piston.  We learn about the innovative gasoline direct injected engines that use a powerball of air and fuel to push the piston down.

We also look int...

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Electric Vehicles continue to develop as more and more people get on the EV bandwagon.  New is good, new with warranty is better!  What happens then?  How and who can work on an EV?

Our special guest, Hugh Man from Houston Community College Automotive progam is joining us today on In Wheel Time Car Talk! He's here to discuss their innovative EV curriculum, designed to train technicians on safety practices to work on a...

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Joining us for this episode of In Wheel Time Car Talk featuring David Donahue, son of legendary racer Mark Donahue! Discover David's journey from the Bridgestone Supercar Series to his time with the IndyCar Series and Craftsman Truck Series, as well as his experience working at Porsche Cars North America and his anticipation for the 2023 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. 

We also briefly discuss the engineering that makes the Po...

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Sometimes, it seems that car insurance is a necessary evil, but when you need it ... you need it.
Joining us on this episode of In Wheel Time Car Talk is our guest Summit Shah, COO of Cerebrum X,  who sheds light on the factors contributing to higher premiums and introduces us to the concept of usage-based insurance - an idea that could potentially save you 10-15% on your insurance costs. Summit explains how vehicle technology ...

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We grew up with car clubs and we try to include one in our Car Club Spotlight segments because we think it is a great way to enjoy hot rodding and a great way to keep the sport going.   Join us as we chat with car enthusiast Bobby Stout, with the Christian Classic Cruisers as we learn what it takes to be the host club behind organizing the annual Lone Star Street Rod Association's annual meetup in Granbury, Texas.  We talk abo...

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We uncover the groundbreaking innovations that make the Chevrolet Corvette a legend in its own right.  We look at how the first-ever fiberglass body in 1953, the fuel injection system of 1957, and the independent rear suspension of 1963 transformed the Corvette into an icon that continues to develop. We also look at the GM Small Block V8 that is a still a staple of hot rodding with over 50 million units built and  briefly touch on ...

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Ever thought about turning your Jeep into a monster or injecting it with testosterone? Join us as we chat with John Ghattas, owner of Apocalypse Manufacturing, about the wild world of custom car creations and the future of vehicles. From six-wheeled trucks and Jeeps to electric Hummers, you have to check out the projects John and his team bring to life.

In our feature segment, Konrad DeLong has the popular feature - '...

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Joining us on this episode of In Wheel Time Car Talk is karting legend and multiple award-winner, Alan Rudolph, from his Speed Sports Racing Park in New Caney, Texas. We explore the thrilling world of rental go-karts, drifting, and auto-crossing, while also discovering the amenities the park has to offer for public and corporate events.

But that's not all! Alan also shares the ins and outs of his Alan Ruff Racing Acad...

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How has the global pandemic shaken the automotive supply chain? Join us with our  guest, Dr. Robert Hanfield, as we dive headfirst into the factors that have impacted automobile production, from stay-at-home orders to port bottlenecks and material shortages. Learn how the Big Three are monitoring their supply chains to stay ahead of potential vulnerabilities and why just-in-time production has been particularly challenging in this ...

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Formula 1 racing is a very high-end and expensive endeavor.  The cars are considered things of beauty and engineering marvels.  Currently, all F1 cars run the same motor - a V6 capable of 850 horsepower at 16,000 rpm!

They may not be the absolute fastest, but add in the cornering ability and braking that can create enough g-force to hurt a driver, and they become automotive marvels.

Author Steve Rendle joins us fr...

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Electric Vehicle technology is changing so fast, sometimes it is hard to keep up, particularly with the advancements in batteries.  While the batteries are a key component, we don't hear a lot about those other than what range is enabled.

To make it all work, the power of the battery has to be utilized in the most efficient manner while extending it as long as possible.  However, as with most batteries, which we don&a...

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It is a really big week for recalls across the industry, with over 2.5 million do not drive notices!  Almost the entire alphabet of makers can be found on the list.

To check your vehicles, go to and put in your vin#, which can be found on your insurance card or on the dash plate of the vehicle.  We recommend doing this twice a year, as history has shown that there can be recalls on the recalls...and maybe even...

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Long known for being a neutral 'testing' body that consumers can look to for information that is not biased by the need for direct sales, Consumer Reports takes a look at almost everything!  Refrigerators, TVs, washers, dryers and more.  A big portion of their effort goes into automobiles.

Of course to properly test the modern automobile, it takes a lot of people and lot of space.  In fact the more complicated au...

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In America, road races are few and far between.  One of the 'most' famous is 'The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb' or simply Pike's Peak.  It is a race up to the top of Pikes Peak, 12.42 miles that climbs to a height of 14,115 above sea level - hence it also referred to as The Race to the Clouds.

The original road, 1916, was gravel, creating a lot of exciting action.  Over the years it was pave...

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There is a saying, 'Technology is our friend', with a lot of people willing to debate if that is true or not.  We do have more information at our finger tips, and we have a tremendous amount of safety features on new automobiles.  It is an ongoing process of development, but it does make us safer drivers...which hopefully translates into better drivers.

As a fleet manager with long haul rigs, being a better drive...

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Ever since the automobile first putt-putted down the road, there have been a lot of people that found a lot of ways to use a vehicle.  Some make the headlines, some make a great movie, but most go just under the radar.

In steps Crispian Besley, lifelong auto fan, and first time author.  The work is appropriately called 'Driven to Crime' with 60 chapters that looks at real events.  It includes it all - cars, sex, ...

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The growing popularity of the Electric Vehicle

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For the last few years, car sales have been down down down...for a lot of reasons that are generally traced back to the pandemic for starters.  Supply chain issues followed, then just getting parts for the supply chain helped create a lot of vacant concrete at dealers across the country.  

In Houston, it is the Houston Automobile Dealers Association that helps dealers with some of these issues.  By banding together, the co...

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There are all kinds of statistics and reports and data that will attest to a young man's fascination with automobiles.  Most of the time, particularly with teen drivers, it is not so good, but it is there.   

Joining us on this episode of In Wheel Time Car Talk is Jonathon Eckelberg, the 'driving force' behind the High School Racing Association.  Also joining us is Curtis Hellickson, a young man that is an a...

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Whether you are talking politics, stories on auto consumers or even some of the early morning 'family news' shows, Electric Vehicles are getting headlines.  So much that it is often hard to figure out what is what.  When that happens, we turn to Richard 'Buzz' Smith, the EV-anglist.  

Buzz is a well known EV enthusiast that uses his ability to make common sense presentation full of information for consu...

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